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09/16/2019

UN chief urges ‘active, substantive and meaningful participation’ on International Day of Democracy On the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations chief urged each Government to respect its citizens’ right to “meaningful participation” in...
02:28, 09/15/2019

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: ‘Appalling’ conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia A recap of Wednesday’s top stories: ‘Inhumane conditions’ in Syria’s Al Hol camp worsening; SDG progress risks going backward; food insecurity in Sou...
23:14, 09/11/2019

Scourge of slavery still claims 40 million victims worldwide, ‘must serve as a wakeup call’ Incidents of modern-day slavery are “only likely to increase” as a result of some of biggest challenges facing the world today, a UN expert outlined ...
00:42, 09/10/2019

UNICEF backpacks used as a haunting symbol to call for greater protection of children living in conflict As children in many parts of the world return to school, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a haunting installation on Sunday that ...
22:56, 09/08/2019

Human rights are everyone’s business, amid relentless crises around world: UN’s Bachelet The relentless outbreak of crises around the world – from the fires in the Amazon to “carnage” in Syria and demonstrations in Hong Kong, Russia, Indo...
01:57, 09/05/2019

A third of young people polled by UN, report being a victim of online bullying Around one-in-three young people across 30 countries say they have been bullied online, while one-in-five report that they have skipped school becaus...
09:28, 09/04/2019

Nowhere is safe to hide in war-torn Yemen, say UN-appointed rights experts The people of Yemen have been subject to “numerous” possible war crimes in recent years including forced recruitment of children and sexual abuse in ...
22:14, 09/03/2019

Friday's Daily Brief: Refugee children missing out on school, Ebola in Uganda, Fresh violence in Yemen, 20 years of Timor-Leste independence, Enforced disappearances A recap of Friday's stories: Over half of refugee children missing an education; new Ebola case in Uganda; funding gap in Yemen leaves many at risk; ...
01:28, 08/31/2019

‘There has never been a more urgent time,’ to safeguard children’s right to safe water and sanitation, says UNICEF Access to safe drinking water is a right critical to a child’s survival, yet protracted crises have left some 420 million children without basic sani...
09:01, 08/28/2019

Sri Lankan authorities must work ‘vigorously’ to ease simmering ethno-religious tensions, urges UN rights expert A United Nations human rights expert warned on Monday that Sri Lankan authorities must take urgent action to strengthen respect for freedom of religi...
21:56, 08/26/2019

South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is “deeply concerned” that, although the overall armed co...
22:00, 08/23/2019

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on ...
23:56, 08/22/2019

World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day UN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups on Thursday, the first ever International Day Commemorating the Vi...
22:14, 08/22/2019

Environmental protection moves ‘closer to the people’ through new human rights agreement The UN environment agency and human rights office (OHCHR) signed a landmark new agreement on Friday aimed at better protecting vulnerable human and e...
22:56, 08/16/2019

‘Quash’ convictions and release women jailed for protesting against wearing veils in Iran, urge UN rights experts Decades-long prison sentences handed down to three women protesting the strictly enforced wearing of veils in Iran, have drawn alarm and condemnation...
22:56, 08/16/2019

Friday’s Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women’s rights in Iran, environmental protection Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar’s Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimba...
22:56, 08/16/2019

‘Preserve, revitalize and promote’ indigenous languages, or lose a ‘wealth of traditional knowledge’, UN chief says Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the urgency to “preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages” in his message for the Internat...
22:28, 08/09/2019

Friday’s Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Our main stories: ‘Promote’ indigenous peoples’ languages urges Guterres; WFP resumes Yemen food aid; 500,000 Rohingya ID cards issued; Malians fleei...
22:28, 08/09/2019

UN rights chief bemoans unilateral sanctions on Venezuela, fearing ‘far-reaching implications’ A new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela this week prompted the concern of the United Nations’ top rights official...
01:28, 08/09/2019

Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing, warn UN human rights experts Of 7,000 indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts said on Wednesday, in a call for a decade of act...
01:28, 08/08/2019

Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military, independent UN experts claim in new report   Money earned by the Myanmar military from international and domestic business deals, “substantially enhances its ability to carry out gross violation...
20:14, 08/05/2019

New UN report shows record number of children killed and maimed in conflict A new UN report has found that 2018 was the worst year on record for children caught up in armed conflict; the year saw the highest numbers killed or...
01:00, 07/31/2019

Murder of Brazilian indigenous leader a ‘worrying symptom’ of land invasion In the wake of the murder of indigenous leader Emrya Wajãpi in Brazil, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called on th...
03:56, 07/30/2019

Libya detention centre airstrike could amount to a war crime says UN, as Guterres calls for independent investigation An airstrike on a detention centre in Tripoli that killed scores of migrants and refugees “deserves more than condemnation”, UN agencies said on Wedn...
15:00, 07/27/2019

UN human rights chief ‘hopeful’ Venezuelan authorities are ready to address violations, calls for dialogue “The only way out of this crisis is to come together, in dialogue”: that was the clear message delivered by Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights ch...
15:00, 07/27/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: Palestine demolitions, nuclear watchdog chief dies, UK troops to Mali, Afghan journalist murder condemned, Somalia sexual violence pledge Our main stories today: UN condemns Israel’s destruction of Palestinian property; the head of the IAEA dies at 72; UK troops will bolster Mali missio...
23:28, 07/22/2019

UN health agency ‘strongly recommends’ dolutegravir antiretroviral medication to manage HIV Based on new evidence, the United Nations health agency on Monday announced it was recommending the use of the antiretroviral drug dolutegravir (DTG)...
22:14, 07/22/2019

Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, independent UN human rights expert warns  Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations hu...
00:28, 07/18/2019

Emulate his example’ urges UN chief as world celebrates Nelson Mandela: a ‘global advocate for dignity and equality’  Nelson Mandela was an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality” who anyone in public service should seek to emulate, Secretary-General...
00:28, 07/18/2019

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines ‘war on drugs’ The 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday with measures taken to address worrying developments in Eritrea, Syria an...
02:56, 07/13/2019

‘Unlock opportunities’ and pave the way for sustainable development, UN chief urges on World Population Day As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close ...
17:42, 07/11/2019

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Guterres in Kenya, Prisoners sick in Iran, #GlobalGoals, Myanmar, Ukraine updates, and new space partnership This Wednesday’s UN top stories are: latest global terror warnings; political prisoners denied health access in Iran; high-level discussions on Susta...
00:56, 07/11/2019

Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference “Trauma from terrorism” hurts families, communities and destabilizes entire regions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, as he e...
19:00, 07/10/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: #GlobalGoals progress, essential meds, updates from Cox’s Bazar, Sudan and DR Congo This Tuesday’s UN top stories are: high-level discussions on the progress made towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; falling behind on univer...
23:00, 07/09/2019

‘Beyond reasonable doubt’, international court convicts notorious DR Congo rebel leader of war crimes The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, found former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda guilty “beyond reasonable doubt”, of 18 counts o...
22:00, 07/08/2019

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by US border detention conditions, says holding migrant children may violate international law Conditions in which migrants and refugees are being held in the United States are appalling, said the UN human rights chief on Monday, underscoring t...
19:28, 07/08/2019

UN chief welcomes power-sharing deal between Sudanese military and opposition UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday he was “encouraged” by reports of a newly-inked power-sharing deal between the Forces for Freedo...
22:42, 07/05/2019

UN Human Rights chief urges Venezuela to halt grave rights violations The Venezuelan authorities should take immediate steps to halt widespread rights violations being perpetrated against the country’s people and work t...
22:00, 07/04/2019

1.4 million refugees set to need urgent resettlement in 2020: UNHCR More than 1.4 million displaced people in over 60 refugee hosting countries will need resettlement next year, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on M...
17:56, 07/01/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: dire living conditions in Idlib, migrants at US southern border, end in sight for trachoma, Human Rights Council This Thursday, we cover: the dire humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib; living conditions at the US-Mexico border denounced by the UN Children’s F...
00:14, 06/28/2019

‘Words must never be met with violence’ urges UN, following Taliban threat to journalists   Following last week’s public threats by Taliban militants to deliberately target media outlets in Afghanistan, the United Nations mission chief in th...
19:42, 06/27/2019

After Rio Grande tragedy, UNICEF chief highlights ‘dire’ detention centres on US-Mexico border The shocking image of a drowned Central American migrant and his infant daughter on the banks of the river dividing Mexico and the United States, con...
18:00, 06/27/2019

Tackle ‘tsunami of hatred’ across the world urges Guterres, to counter anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance The “multi-headed monster” of intolerance, has created a visible and violent “tsunami of hatred” that is gathering speed across the world, said Secre...
23:42, 06/26/2019

Vile act of torture prohibited ‘under all circumstances’, UN chief affirms on International Day to support victims While the prohibition of torture is “absolute, under all circumstances”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres bemoaned the fact that “this core prin...
23:42, 06/26/2019

Wednesday's Daily Brief: migration tragedy in the Rio Grande, drugs report, Torture Victims Day Top news, this Thursday are: the migration debate spurred by the tragic image of a drowned man and his daughter in the Rio Grande; the Khashoggi kill...
23:42, 06/26/2019

Peace dividend palpable in South Sudan, but ‘grassroots’ are moving faster than elites, says Shearer The peace dividend from last year’s ceasefire in South Sudan is palpable, but political elites need to follow the example set by local communities on...
00:28, 06/26/2019

New UN report on families in a changing world puts ‘women’s rights at their core’ While women’s rights have advanced over the decades, gender inequalities and other fundamental human rights violations within families persist, accor...
19:56, 06/25/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: human rights in the Near East and a Forum for Refugees Monday’s top stories include: human rights issues in Syria, Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territory; a global forum to find coordinated solutions...
23:14, 06/24/2019

Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly b...
20:00, 06/24/2019

Government internet ban leaves parts of Myanmar ‘in a blackout’, UN expert calls for immediate lifting With “no media access” in parts of the country and “serious restrictions” on humanitarian organizations, the United Nations expert on the situation o...
20:00, 06/24/2019

Ensure that widows are ‘not left out or left behind’, UN chief urges on International Day  On International Widow’s Day, marked on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is asking everyone to reflect on the “economic hardship and inc...
02:14, 06/23/2019

In Venezuela, Bachelet calls on Government to release prisoners, appeals for ‘bold steps towards compromise’ Speaking at the end of the first-ever official mission to Venezuela by a UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet called on the Government to release...
16:42, 06/22/2019

Crackdown on Christians in Ethiopia spurs UN expert to press Government 'to live up to its international commitments' Cracking down on Catholic Church activities, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of Orthodox and Christian congregation members in Eritrea, prompted a ...
20:00, 06/21/2019

Guterres hails historic Convention banning violence and harassment at work A landmark international agreement banning violence and harassment in the workplace has been applauded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, afte...
16:56, 06/21/2019

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder ‘an international crime’, says UN-appointed rights investigator In an interview with UN News, Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard recounted her nearly week-long mission to Turkey searching for the truth surrounding...
05:14, 06/21/2019

‘Now is the time to act’ for victims of violence in Sudan, ICC Prosecutor urges Security Council The UN Security Council must “seize this moment” presented by the current turmoil in Sudan, to provide justice at long last for the victims of violen...
20:56, 06/19/2019

Hate speech ‘on notice’ as UN chief launches new plan to ‘identify, prevent and confront’ growing scourge United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has declared war on hate speech, telling Member States on Tuesday, that we all need to “do better a...
05:42, 06/19/2019

UN suspending handover of camps in Darfur, peacekeeping chief tells Security Council The joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), is suspending the handover of any more camps for displaced civilians to the Sudanese military,...
19:28, 06/14/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Albinism, displacement in Central America, family-friendly nations, updates on the Gulf and Darfur This Thursday, top stories includes: International Albinism Awareness Day; the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealing for regional talks on Central Amer...
21:00, 06/13/2019

More funding needed to tackle child labour in agriculture says UN, marking World Day The number of children working in agriculture has increased by 10 million since 2012, which is why on Wednesday’s World Day Against Child Labour, the...
22:28, 06/12/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Disability inclusion, minimum wage, and LGBTI rights in Botswana This Tuesday, we cover: a new strategy for disability inclusion; continued talks on social justice at the international labour conference; an update ...
21:28, 06/11/2019

Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice  “Fundamental change” to the world of work – including an EU-wide minimum wage – is needed to address the growing gap between society’s haves and have...
18:56, 06/11/2019

New Disability Inclusion Strategy is ‘transformative change we need’, says Guterres Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretar...
18:28, 06/11/2019

Friday’s Daily Brief: electronic hopes and fears, updates from Libya, Syria, Australia and the Philippines Wrapping up this week, our top stories are: how new technologies are a "vector for hope" and "source of fear", according to UN chief Guterres; the pl...
21:42, 06/07/2019

Libya’s migrants and refugees with tuberculosis ‘left to die’ in detention centres Migrants and refugees suffering from tuberculosis are being left “effectively to die” in a Libyan detention centre south of Tripoli, the UN human rig...
19:14, 06/07/2019

Accountability in Sudan ‘crucial’ to avoid ‘further bloodshed’, says UN rights office Now in its fifth day, a crackdown by the military authorities in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, with dozens reported killed, has prompted a “grave...
19:14, 06/07/2019

Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever...
05:14, 06/07/2019

Colombia: Rights experts condemn killing of reintegrated former rebel fighter, call for respect of peace process Against a backdrop of challenges in implementing the peace process in Colombia, six independent UN human rights experts condemned on Tuesday the kill...
18:14, 06/04/2019

UN expert criticizes States for ‘ganging up’ on Wikileaks’ Assange; warns against extradition, fearing ‘serious’ rights violations After visiting Julian Assange in a London prison, an independent UN human rights expert expressed urgent concern on Friday, for the Wikileaks co-foun...
18:56, 05/31/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: the European Charlemagne prize, sexual abuse, transgender rights, Somalia and Libya updates Top stories this Thursday: UN chief Guterres received the Charlemagne Prize for services towards European unification; sexual abuse in Somalia and wi...
23:14, 05/30/2019

A major win for transgender rights: UN health agency drops ‘gender identity disorder’, as official diagnosis “To reflect critical advances in science and medicine”, the World Health Organization, WHO, has removed so-called “gender identity disorder” from its...
21:28, 05/30/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, marking Fistula Day, updates on CAR and Syria  Thursday’s main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fi...
02:42, 05/24/2019

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detent...
20:42, 05/21/2019

Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert ...
21:56, 05/17/2019

Friday’s Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria’s Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK’s forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chie...
21:56, 05/17/2019

Myanmar: Conflict resolution at ‘total standstill’, military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity Myanmar’s military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independe...
21:28, 05/14/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and peop...
22:42, 05/13/2019

Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disaster...
22:14, 05/10/2019

Colombia: ‘Terrible trend’ of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for ‘significant effort’ to tackle impunity Alarmed by the “strikingly high number” of human rights defenders being killed, harassed and threatened in Colombia, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCH...
19:00, 05/10/2019

Cameroon: Clear ‘window of opportunity’ to solve crises rooted in violence - Bachelet The UN human rights chief on Monday welcomed Cameroon’s willingness to cooperate over finding workable solutions to “major human rights and humanitar...
23:56, 05/06/2019

Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary ‘deliberately deprived of food’: UN human rights office The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detentio...
17:14, 05/03/2019

End ‘political opportunism’ that’s letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end “political opportunism” and polici...
22:56, 05/01/2019

Wednesday’s Daily brief: Day 3 of anti-hatred summit, UNFPA turns 50, Ben Stiller #WithRefugees, updates on Abyei and Venezuela This Wednesday, our top stories cover: the 50th birthday of the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA); Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller adv...
22:56, 05/01/2019

Venezuela: UN human rights office calls for ‘maximum restraint’ by authorities in face of new demonstrations With another day of mass protests taking place across Venezuela, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday it was “extremely worried by re...
22:56, 05/01/2019

UN rights experts call on Philippines Government to halt ‘unacceptable attacks’ on Victoria Tauli-Corpuz False claims levelled at the UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples by her own Government in the Philippines, “are without grounding in fact o...
17:14, 05/01/2019

Help prevent children ‘from becoming victims in the first place’, implores Guterres at campaign launch  From killing and maiming, to recruitment, sexual abuse and abduction, “violence against children in armed conflict can take many forms”, said Secreta...
22:42, 04/28/2019

UN chief commends Algerians for ‘mature and calm’ demonstrations for change, leading up to presidential resignation In the wake of the resignation in Algeria of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday saluted “the mature and calm natur...
22:42, 04/28/2019

Myanmar military target civilians in deadly helicopter attack, UN rights office issues war crimes warning Intensifying clashes between the Myanmar military and armed separatists that reportedly involved a deadly helicopter bombing raid on civilians earlie...
22:42, 04/28/2019

Praising Roma’s contributions in Europe, UN expert urges end to rising intolerance and hate speech An independent United Nations expert called on Monday for immediate action to end discrimination and combat racist rhetoric against Roma, Europe’s la...
22:42, 04/28/2019

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadoria...
22:42, 04/28/2019